A Pandemic, uncontrollable fires in California, hazardous air quality for weeks, the postal service crumbling before an election relies on it, the Black Lives Matter movement, children in cages, the fragility of American democracy and the threat of fascism, the new economic recession, feminicidios, the taking of the Human Rights Commission in Mexico City…
In Overwhelming Ground I attempt to process information, coming all at once, cyclical, familiar, terrifying even. Social media has made our eyes move quickly but with apathy, at times numb and at times manic and scared. In this body of work, I arrange this information in colorful fragments and decorative geometric patterns. We live in a pluralist and post-structural world, but decolonial theory has brought me to our flawed concept of linear time. Through this work, I re-imagine a different information intake and arrangement of cultural and historical phenomena. My materials reflect the idea of cycles, in cities that are perpetually in construction and deconstruction, in everyday life, the visual fragments appear together and apart, like the ideas of identity and culture. It is a practice of survival to try to find comfort in chaos and uncertainty, this work reflects me settling into a new world order.
Overwhelming Ground presents works made of paper pulp, some referencing North-American quilts, which were traditionally made with recycled fabric from old garments, forming intricate and geometric decorative patterns. In those works, created while at residency at Casa Lü in Mexico City, I incorporate local flowers to invoke calico fabrics, newspaper clippings that show fragments of news about Mexican-American relations in politics and economy, appropriated wheatpaste artwork from the streets of Mexico as well as folk art.
Aida Lizalde (b. 1990) is a Mexican multimedia artist based in Northern California. She obtained a Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts and a Minor in Art History from the University of California Davis.
She uses her artwork to raise questions about power structures and explore cultural identity through narrative and symbolism. She explores the process of assimilating to American culture, and the nuances of having an identity that is continuously shaped by capitalism, neocolonialism, and politics.
Her work has been exhibited at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Torrance Art Museum, Southern Exposure, Gearbox Gallery, the Museum of Northern California of Chico, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon Project Sacramento, SOMArts South of Market Cultural Center, The Latino Center of Art and Culture of Sacramento and has been a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Young Space Grant, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists among others.
Photos by Rubén Garay Araujo.